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Great British Fish and Chips

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August 14, 2014 / Fish & Chips / By
Anna

On a recent trip to Tenterden in the UK, apart from exhausting ourselves enjoying the stately homes and gardens in the Kent area, we did a lot of eating – as you do. There was no way we were going to miss out on fish and chips especially as they had been recommended.

The fish bar is very near to the Tenterden steam railway station making it an even bigger attraction for the tall guy (TTG) who is rather fond of trains of any kind but especially steam trains.

They are magnificent really with so many moving parts on view and a range of comforting sounds to match. We hung around the station watching the putting to bed of the that day's train, then headed up the hill to see what the evening's meal had to offer.

I must say it got off to a good start with a delightful little dining room that could accommodate about 15 people at a squeeze. A proper little old fashioned room with green and white table cloths. They looked like plastic, too, but I did not get to find out as TTG wanted to take his fish tea back to the house and eat it in the garden. I gave in, not because I was feeling obliging, but because, surprisingly, it was a hot day and sitting outside was easily the most sensible option. I feel the need to point out that the whole week was fine and very warm, not at all what people say about British weather.

The Tenterden Fish Bar seemed to be a family business with dad working the deep fryers while mum worked the customers. They were both cheerful despite the heat and chatted away to their regulars. It seemed to me that dad’s accent was not English, which reminded me of my childhood when the chippie was run by a family from somewhere in eastern Europe and they had a dining room just like this one except the predominant color was red. So I was fighting off waves of nostalgia and predisposed to enjoy my meal.

A rather nice touch was that everyone was offered the chance to salt their own food, especially good for anyone on a low salt diet, and there was vinegar available, too. I would have preferred mayonnaise; however, I am aware that adding more fat to a meal of this kind is unwise. But try it before you knock it.

The food came packaged in blue and white cardboard boxes a little like pizza boxes but more rectangular. So there was no fear of the fat leaking through the newspaper as there was in years gone by. My father used to put the fish and chips in the boot of the car to avoid any unfortunate smells or spills in the car. Thankfully, TTG does not go that far but he does get a look on his face when I want to transport other potentially messy things.

So we opened our individually boxed portions of fish and chips - after all we were in Kent, and there would be no scrambling around a communal mess. They were delicious. Really hot pieces of cod, crisp batter the perfect thickness and plenty of chips, too many for me to finish.

There is always a moment or two of regret after eating a generous portion of fish and chips, but you know that before you start.


Tenterden Fish

Country: United Kingdom

Province/State: Kent

City: Tenterden

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